Well, the last few months of rehab and recovery have been a welcomed break for me. I switched into cross training mode, with a primary focus on strength training. I found a new chiropractor that began using laser therapy on my knee and it seems to be feeling better. Although, it is still there. She explained to me that it takes up to a year for this type of injury to heel. I also lined up a sports massage therapist that will do lower extremity massage to help keep my quads loose to prevent from them pulling up on the bad tendon.
I begin my training journey for marathon number 2 in one week - Fargo 2011. I am excited! Although, I begin this journey with the very real thought that I may never make it to the actual race on May 21 if my knee doesn't allow it. I plan to do more cross training and fewer runs. I also plan a slower intensity progression this time. I changed my form from heel-striking to forefoot running. It has taken 3 months, but it is now feeling natural. I also changed from high-cushioned shoes to minimalist racing flats! I thoroughly enjoy running in these shoes, although I find I don't have the foot endurance to combat the sandpaper feeling I get after a few miles.
I decided to compete in fewer races prior to this marathon as well. The only other race on my agenda is a half marathon in March. I am a little anxious about this race as I don't think I will have much time to prepare for it intensity-wise. I don't want to push my pace too fast and end up hurting the knee again. I am pretty competitive with myself though, and I will certainly want to beat my PR. We will see what happens.
So, let the training for Fargo begin! And let the journey be as exciting the second time as it was the first!